Dear Friends and Neighbors:
Welcome to our new website. We invite you to check it once a week or so for new information and announcements.
It is that time again to renew your membership in the District 8 Coalition of Neighborhood Associations. I speculate that your first question might be Why should we? There are several reasons. First, when subjects come up that may impact our community the more members we have, the stronger our voice is heard downtown, and we have a better chance in achieving a positive response to our concerns.
We also have meetings every other (odd-numbered) month where we have a presentation on a subject of broad interest. As always, we ask for each of you to consider topics/presenters that you think would benefit (or challenge) our membership.
Frequently we receive a report from the Albuquerque Police Department. We should note that in both of the APD Command Centers (Foothills and Northeast) that cover our D8 area we have new people in charge.
You will note when you receive your copies of the minutes of our last meeting that the president and secretary were reelected, and we have a new treasurer, Deborah Fincke. We still need a vice president so please consider if you or another member you know would be willing to fulfill this office.
Dues are only $15 per year so please plan on your organizations participation and, if possible, bring your check to our meeting on the 23rd.
Finally, it is an additional way to participate in a dynamic civic organization. In other words, let your voice and opinion be heard.
Thanks for your support,
Donald H. Couchman, President
District 8 Coalition of Neighborhood Associations
Thanks to Aziza Chavez, Councilor Jones Policy Analyst, many of us
have been receiving a handy monthly calendar of events from the Albuquerque
Cultural Services Office. For those who may not be on the mailing list, you
can view it by clicking on the button above.
Crime Trends/Prevention: March 3, 2014
District 8 is served by both the Foothills Area Command and the NorthEast Area Command
The new Foothills Area Commander is Cdr. Tim Gonterman
The new NorthEast Area Commander is Cdr. Dodi Comacho
Unexpected Strangers at Your Door - Please read!
At the end of February we had 2 females, white, both solid/stocky build (1 about 25-30 yrs old, the other one 45-50 yrs old) with a white female child about 4-6 years old talked their way into a residence posing as home health care nurses who were there to check on an elderly female who had recently had surgery. The leader had a photo ID badge and presented a business card from a health care facility, but one that could be on any countertop with the location (no name or title on the card) information. They talked their way into the home and proceeded to try to take the female residents blood pressure. After they left, the female and her husband noted a watch and a gold/diamond necklace were missing from their home. After checking with the health care provider, as the female resident did recently have surgery, they were told by the health care provider that they do not send home health care nurses to members homes.
I am particularly disturbed by what could have happened had this encounter gone south This happened on a Monday night around 6:30 pm. Remember, just because the subjects at your door are female or have a child with them, do not let your guard down. If at all suspicious of a person at your front door who shows up without prior arrangements being made by you, please do not hesitate to contact the agency who they claim has sent them while they wait outside your locked door.
Over this weekend in the Foothills Area Command we had a report of a Hispanic male, thin build, accompanied by a young, white girl, thin, about 15 years old. They approached the residence and told the homeowner they were there to pick up clothing the female left at the home the prior night; the resident had no idea what they were talking about and they remained outside the residents door for about 10 minutes. An alert neighbor called 242-COPS and noted to the operator that a group of teens had just vandalized their homes side garage door and left the door open. They may have been attempting to break into the home and were in a dark blue older model SUV.
Foothills vandalism calls over the past week reflect citizens property is being egged, vehicle windows are being broken and door locks damaged (these can be interpreted as attempted auto burglaries in some cases), and solar lighting was ripped out a residents yard and thrown in the street. I also saw reports of subjects spray painting in arroyos off of Juan Tabo in separate sections of Juan Tabo where arroyos intersect.
We make it easy to file police reports:
Go to any APD substation
Go online to HYPERLINK "http://www.cabq.gov" www.cabq.gov to the APD section
Call APDs Telephone Reporting Unit at 768-2030
Call 242-COPS (2677) from the location and request an officer
Doggie doors being used as points of entry for residential burglaries again. Secure your doggie doors!
If someone is at your door, you should never open the door if you are not expecting them or if you don't recognize the person. However you should do something to let that person know someone is home. You can yell I'm busy or just make a loud noise by slamming a nearby door inside. Posting a "no solicitors" sign will deter most door-to-door solicitors.
Almost all of our residential burglary offenders are gaining entry to homes via breaking a window or sliding glass door in the rear of the residence. Please be alert to anyone in your neighborhood knocking on front doors or ringing front doorbells and then making their way around the sides of homes to the back. Lock up and if you have home alarms, please activate them.
2014 Meeting Dates
Meetings will be held at the Holiday Park Community Center
11710 Comanche Rd NE, east of Juan Tabo
November 20 - Annual Meeting
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